Archive for the ‘Whole Family & Home Safety’ Category

The Future of Home Security


Home security systems have changed drastically in just the last 5-10 years; big changes in the accessibility of Wi-Fi and the low cost and ubiquity of mobile phones have been two of the biggest changes.  What is the next big game-changer in the world of home security? Here are 5 technologies to look forward to [...]

10 Ways to Secure Your Home on a Budget


When it comes to home security, more is not always better – the best investments are on features you will use and defence against true threats. Here are 10 easy tips that can be implemented on the smallest of budgets and will increase your peace of mine and make your home safe. 1.    Apply Security [...]

Fireworks Safety, By the Numbers

Fireworks Safety, By the Numbers

The CPSC has updated last year’s popular “Fireworks Injuries” infographic with data from 2012. Take a look and share this with your friends. It serves as an excellent reminder that fireworks are serious business. Have fun this week as we celebrate this important holiday, but please remember to use extreme caution and make sure the [...]

How to Properly Fit a Bicycle Helmet


In addition to publishing vehicle recalls, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) provides a lot of safety information for cars and other modes of transportation, including bicycles.  Knowing which government agency covers which types of products can be a bit confusing given that bicycle recalls are covered by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), [...]

BBQ Grilling Safety Tips


Cooking outdoors is a great way to get some fresh air, enjoy whole foods and spend time with family and friends.  Unfortunately, in our haste to throw another shrimp on the barbie, safety precautions are easily overlooked. According to the CPSC’s National Electronic Injury Surveillance System (NEISS), in 2011 alone, an estimated 19,000 people were [...]

Tips for Safe and Healthy Gardening


Spring is here, and we can hardly wait to get outside and start preparing the yard for this year’s outdoor activities. Whether you like to grow vegetables or strive for that enviable lawn, be sure to make health and safety a part of your outdoor routine.  The tips below, provided by the CDC, will help [...]

How Service Providers Can Use Items I Own to Help Protect Consumers

Home Inspector

We have received several inquires recently from Home Inspectors asking how to use Items I Own to help consumers check their belongings for recalls.  We are thrilled that more Home Inspectors are beginning to add recall checking services to their inspections and/or are taking the time to educate their clients about the free tools available [...]

Impressive Safety Apps


In September, we gave a talk at the White House about how WeMakeItSafer uses government information on recalls to help build applications that protect families and businesses from recalled products.  In particular, we highlighted two of our apps: Items I OwnTM is a Product Safety RegistryTM for consumers. It checks belongings for the past 13 [...]

Fireworks: Are They Safe?


Thank you to the CPSC for this informative infographic, reminding us about the dangers of fireworks. Be safe out there! Share this infographic: Share this infographic:

It’s Time to Let the Christmas Tree Go

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If you are like us, saying goodbye to the holidays can elicit a few wistful sighs.  It seems one minute we are stressed abut how fast the season is approaching, and the next, we are saddened by how quickly it has passed. For those who celebrate Christmas, the smell of fresh pine and the twinkle [...]

Some Say Re-Gifting is Tacky, but Could it Also be Dangerous?

Attractive Woman Holds Gifts

It’s been in your closet for almost a year – that blender that your husband’s Aunt Hilda thought you’d love. It is a nice blender, but you already have one that happens to be bright red to match your kitchen décor. You’re now exhausted, tired of shopping and need one last thing for your son’s [...]

Carbon Monoxide and Portable Generators; What You Need to Know


Although Carbon Monoxide (CO) is always a concern in every household, the number of deaths caused by CO increase dramatically during winter storms as consumers turn to portable generators for power. According to FEMA, on average approximately 200 Americans die and more than 10,000 more are treated in emergency rooms each year due to inhalation of [...]

WeMakeItSafer Announces Rewards Program to Encourage Product Registration


Could prizes get more consumers to register their belongings? WeMakeItSafer thinks so. Oakland, CA (PRWEB) November 30, 2011 WeMakeItSafer is announcing a new program called Safety Points Rewards to increase the number of consumers who register their belongings for product recall notifications. The program lets users of “Items I Own,” WeMakeItSafer’s product registration tool, enter a weekly [...]

Thinking of Deep-frying the Turkey? This Video May Change Your Mind

Thinking of Deep-frying the Turkey? This Video May Change Your Mind

We’ve heard that fried turkeys can be quite delicious. Unfortunately, many of the special fryers designed to deep-fry a whole turkey can be quite dangerous. Underwriter Laboratories (UL), long recognized as a preeminent independent product safety certification organization, will not certify turkey fryers at all because of their inherent safety hazards. Watch this video on [...]

New Feature Helps Users Give Away Unwanted Items on Social Networks


WeMakeItSafer Makes “Out with the Old” Easier, Safer and More Eco-Friendly Oakland, CA (PRWEB) August 25, 2011: Today, WeMakeItSafer announces a new feature that enables users of its Items I Own application to quickly post on social networks the items they no longer need. Giving away unwanted items benefits everyone and helps protect the environment, but [...]